Tag Archives: Ann Althouse

Did he make your day?

He made mine. I enjoyed Clint Eastwood’s eleven and a half minute oration for the GOP convention, including the device of the empty chair with a teleprompter. It was a performance to remember. I watched it here. Sure he faltered a bit now and then in his speech. He’s 82-years-old, after all.

But he told good jokes, especially when he made it clear what he meant when he felt it would be crass to use the actual expletive. Not everyone of us is comfortable using (let alone hearing) the F-word.

And his best line by far was a bit of obvious intelligence to the effect that when someone (i.e. Obumbles) doesn’t do the job, you have to let him go.

UPDATE:  The actual words: “We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go”

Naturally some of the Democrat media clones didn’t like it. Oh, boo hoo.

The new Texas social studies curriculum

Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse does a masterful job of objective journalism,  with verifying links,  exposing the WaPo’s deceitful reporting on the new curriculum, forcing the writer to eat his own lying words. Bravo.

Mexico: Export poverty, si! Import? No.

BLITZER:  Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?

CALDERON:  Of course! Of course!

BLITZER: If somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America through the southern border of Mexico and they wind up in Mexico, they can going get a job?

CALDERON:  No, no, no.

BLITZER:  They can work?

CALDERON:  If somebody do that without permissions, we send — we send back them.

Via Rush Limbaugh and Ann Althouse.

If Sarah wasn’t so darn pretty…

Bloggers Ann Althouse and Michelle Goldberg argue cogently (well, Ann does) for almost an hour on Bloggingheads and come to three conclusions:

1) We’re all talking about Sarah Palin and her book only because she’s so darn pretty (if she was plain or even ugly, McCain never would have elevated her to national consciousness), 2) cBS talking head Katie Couric should post the unedited transcripts of her interviews with Sarah, and 3) Sarah is a screen onto which some conservatives can project hope just as Barry was a screen onto which some liberals could project hope.

I have to admit they pretty well work for me, as well. And I’d leave a comment to that effect at Althouse’s blog if the stupid Google comment system didn’t demand that I verify a word that doesn’t even exist! Morons.

Although it should be considered that the "pretty" conclusion doesn’t explain why so many of Sarah’s fans are women. Including moms with strollers. Does it?

All politics is local

The old truism, oft attributed to former House Speaker Tip O’Neill, seems to be the reason the Democrat won in NY23–the only nationally-highlighted race yesterday, outside Virginia and New Jersey, to survive a Republican sweep, an apparent early repudiation of Barry.

I thought it was old Texas favorite Sam Rayburn who said it first, but I seem to be wrong about that. Anyhow, in the end, it came down to local perceptions of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman and his opponent, despite Hoffman’s endorsements from many national Republicans, including Sarah Palin. An Ann Althouse reader in NY23 explains what those local perceptions were. They had nothing at all to do with Barry.

One thing Mr. Sam did say that seems to fit the Democrats’ overall situation: "When you get too big a majority, you’re immediately in trouble."

Via Instapundit.

UPDATE:  It certainly didn’t help that Hoffman didn’t even live in the district. Geez.

Barry assaults the First Amendment

The new FTC regulation of bloggers promoting or criticizing products is clearly government intrusion on free speech, and I hope it’s overturned quickly by some smart White House lawyer with more sense than the FTC commissioners. Most bloggers, as media critic Jeff Jarvis says, don’t think they’re doing anything remotely connected with journalism–which, in any case, isn’t included in the regulation. Indeed, keeping a pubescent diary about one’s precious kitties and opining which cat food is best obviously shouldn’t be within government’s jurisdiction.

Even I know the difference between what Antique Media does and what I do here. The FTC apparently doesn’t. Or else, typical of government, just lusts for more power. This time they bent the Constitution. The shocking part is that the FTC has never regulated Antique Media in this regard–making me suspect that this reg has to do with AM’s and politicians’ upset at blogger analysis and attacks. Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse notes the FTC’s plan for selective enforcement of its regulation will make the assault even more egregious. Because it won’t be against the young cat food endorser. I thought attacks on our freedom were supposed to have ended with Obamalot.

The last laugh

The enthusiastic, barely-educated young helped put Barry into the White House. Yes we can, etc. If Obamacare passes, they’ll be the ones paying for it. Step right up. Pay $100 a month for the least expensive insurance plan or a $750-$950 annual penalty for singles for not buying it. The penalty’s cheaper, of course, but that way you get nothing for your money. But, hey, you got the thrill down your leg of electing Barry, right?

Humor via Ann Althouse.